Counselors must first register with ASCA U for the course. You may then apply at Lindenwood for graduate credit any time during your ASCA U specialist training or conference. To avoid delays with transcripts, we encourage you to apply with Lindenwood for credit at least a month prior to course completion.
ASCA U Specialist Trainings are self-paced, online professional development courses provided by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the membership organization for school counselors, which focuses on providing professional development, enhancing school counseling programs and researching effective school counseling practices. ASCA is the home for school counselors since 1952.
To earn an ASCA U Specialist designation, register and complete the course through ASCA U first. You may then apply at Lindenwood for graduate credit any time during the course. ASCA U Specialist trainings are worth 3 graduate credits. Lindenwood works directly with ASCA U to verify the completion of the coursework. Allow at least 1-2 months for Lindenwood registration, ASCA U coursework verification, and official transcripts to be processed.
ASCA U Specialist Trainings:
- ASCA Ignite
- ASCA At Home
- ASCA National Model Specialist
- Anxiety & Stress Management Specialist
- Bullying Prevention Specialist
- Career Development Specialist
- Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist
- College Admissions Specialist
- Culturally Sustaining School Counseling Specialist
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist
- Grief & Loss Specialist
- Legal & Ethical Specialist
- Mental Health Specialist
- School Counseling Association Leadership Specialist
- School Counseling Data Specialist
- School Counseling Leadership Specialist
- Students with Special Needs Specialist
- Trauma & Crisis Specialist
- ASCA Conferences
Any graduate credit hours earned through these classes will NOT be suitable for transfer into a graduate degree program at Lindenwood, nor is it intended to satisfy academic requirements for new state licensure or certification. These may be applied, in most cases, to satisfy CEUs or professional development requirements (plus hours) for salary advancement and licensure renewal. It is up to individual school districts and state certification renewal requirements as to whether they will consider these graduate credits for salary advancement and licensure renewal.
Graduate credits are nonrefundable, so participants are strongly encouraged to verify with their own state education boards, human resource/professional development coordinators, or academic institution to determine if this graduate credit is applicable.